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Play Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows on September 17

Yacht Club Games has finally declared when Shovel Knight’s DLC will be released. Every version of Shovel Knight, which includes the 3DS, Wii U, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, and PC, is receiving a free update that will add a new campaign for the game called Plague of Shadows on September 17, 2015.

Read information about the game that Yacht Club Games has on their blog below.

Description

sk_PlagueOfShadows_02Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows is a free expansion for Shovel Knight, a sweeping classic action adventure game that won over 70 Game of the Year Awards in 2014. You play as Plague Knight, the villainous master of alchemy, in a quest all his own. Using his maniacal scientific mind, Plague Knight is seeking to concoct Serum Supernus, the Ultimate Potion. However, to retrieve these ingredients, he must extract them from his
former allies… the villainous knights of the Order of No Quarter! World class platforming, music, storytelling, and art all return in Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows; an explosive quest with a new play style, new story, new bosses, and more!

Features

An adventure featuring a New Star: Plague Knight!plagueKnight010

  • See your favorite game from a new point of view! Play as the explosive trickster Plague Knight with new story and gameplay!
  • Join Plague Knight on his quest to overthrow the Order of No Quarter! Become the ultimate alchemist… and maybe find some romance, too…

New Gameplay

  • Explode onto the scene as Plague Knight! Use explosives, bomb jumps, and alchemy to blast your way through the game in a whole new way!
  • Crafting Comes to Shovel Knight with the Alchemy System! Collect loot and use alchemy to craft equipment and power-ups
  • Collect new recipes and reagents to become the master of disaster!

Remixed Game Content

  • New objectives and enemies!
  • Brand new areas and new paths through classic levels!
  • New bosses!
  • Is your science up to snuff? Take on Plague Knight specific challenges with new Feats!
  • Prove your mettle in Challenge Mode. Take on speed run challenges, boss rematches, and other rule-benders… and expect some tricky puzzles too!

monaPotionarium480Yacht Club Games has also mentioned that you will need to complete the original game before you will be able to play the new campaign and Challenge Modes. However, if you have lost a save file or have repurchased the game on another platform, the developers are willing to offer a special code that unlocks the new content.

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Splatoon getting an enormous update on August 5th

Splatton is getting a massive update on August 5, 2015. The new content will offer Squad Battle and Private Battle as new matching options, new weapon types, a level-cap increase, and more than 40 pieces of new gear.

  • Squad Battle allows players to participate in Ranked Battles with a team of their friends, instead of the original random selection. Two to four friends can form a WiiU_Splatoon_screen_SquadBattleLobby_02squad and they will always be on the same team.
  •  Friends can face off in customization matches with Private Battles. Ranging from 1v1 to 4v4, up to eight friends can compete in battles of their own choosing.
  • The level-cap will increase from lvl 20 to lvl 50 in Regular Battle and Rank A+ to S+ in Ranked Battle.
  • The two new weapon types are the Slosher, a bucket-like weapon that launches ink at an incredible range; and the Splatling, a gatling-gun style rifle can charge blasts of all-powerful ink.
  • The 40 pieces of new gear will vary between leather jackets to a sushi-chef costume.

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What’s amazing is that there is more content to look forward to with more maps, weapons, and events continuing to come out in August. Don’t forget the Rainmaker game-type, which was mentioned during the Splatoon Direct back in May, has yet to make it’s debut. Nintendo has been supporting Splatoon with content updates on a bi-weekly basis and promises to do so for the rest of the summer and the coming Fall.

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Xbox One September update is out now

Xbox One consistently receives updates from Microsoft and some significant changes are now here for the console.
Xbox One consistently receives updates from Microsoft and some significant changes are now here for the console.

It seems Microsoft lost track of time in a very good way for Xbox One owners. The new September update comes with a few days still remaining in August.

Microsoft has shown an incredible amount of support and activity with regards to software and interface-related changes for the Xbox One. A variety of key features are now available to everyone with media features being the focus in this update.

You’ll now be able to boot straight to TV from standby mode on the console — a highly requested feature to be incorporated in the Xbox One experience. Also now available is a TV mini-guide that will display the currently-tuned-in channel’s information and gives users the ability to change channels without interrupting what is currently playing with a large intrusive overlay.

For those who would like to play their own movie/tv-show collection, the Xbox Media app is finally available with more than 20 file formats compatible right now. As soon as a USB drive is connected a prompt will display to download the Media app right away.

Party hosts are given more control with the ability to remove people from their party and require an invitation to join.
Party hosts are given more control with the ability to remove people from their party and require an invitation to join.

The most notable non-media related features that players who utilizes the Xbox Smartglass app will see are the new threaded messages and the improved activity feed. Those who download the free app are now able to post status updates and share items on their feed.

The social experience will continue to grow on the Xbox One as players await for the new “friends tab” on the home screen that will provide easy access to your friends list and their activites as well as the leaderboards for games played. Players will have to wait at least one more month for the improved friends interface to arrive.

Full list of new features below:

  • Boot to TV – Users now have the option to have the TV start  as soon as the console is turned on from standby.
  • Mini guide – Currently the One Guide takes up nearly the entire screen, but the new mini guide displays show information and give users the ability to change channels without interrupting what is currently playing.
  • Improved party chat – Kicking players from the party and an option for whether the party requires an invite or not are included as well.
  • Media App – Just plug-in your own USB 2.o or 3.0 external hard drive to play your own movies, TV shows, music, and personal videos with dozens of file formats supported and more to come later this year.
  • Updated Smartglass – Post status updates, share items, and comment on videos with the improved Xbox app. The message system gets rehauled as well with threaded messages finally available to allow easy viewing of conversation history.
  • More region compatibility – The OneGuide is now accesible to Xbox One gamers in Brazil, Mexico, Austria, and Ireland. The “Xbox On” kinect command is now available for Australia, Canada (French), Italy, Spain, and Mexico.
  • Bandwidth – Monitor your console’s internet speeds and history. Gamer’s can also cap their data usage at their desired amount.
  • Delete multiple clips – Where it had previously allowed you to only delete one recorded game-clip at a time, the Upload app has been updated to allow users to delete multiple clips at once.
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Newly announced Xbox One updates | USB Support, “snap center,” and threaded messages

Xbox One consistently receives updates from Microsoft and some significant changes will be coming in their update later this month.
Xbox One consistently receives updates from Microsoft and some significant changes will be coming in their update later this month.

A massively improved social experience and enhanced media access lead the new features coming to Xbox One later this month.

One of the greatest assets that had evolved over the course of the Xbox 360 was the “Xbox Guide,” but microsoft had elected to forgo the guide in turn for the multifunctionality of the Xbox One interface. Many Xbox gamers have expressed their dismay with the lack of an “Xbox Guide” for the Xbox One.

That will all change now as Microsoft has unveiled the “Snap Center” — a single snappable hub that will incorporate players’ friends list, messages, parties, and achievements.

The console is also expanding the media access players have. USB support will also be added with the updated, and users will be able to watch and listen to their own personal music and video collection.

The Xbox One’s greatest quality may be just how quickly improvement and changes are being made to the console, and the dedication Microsoft has shown to their fanbase with “Xbox Feedback.”

Many of the features now coming were directly requested by fans, and with updates coming each month to fine-tune and enhance the interface the Xbox One is consantly evolving for the better.

Here’s the full list of improvements and changes coming later this month:

  • New “Friends” tab – The Xbox One home screen will feature an additional tab that will display your friends, their activities, and game leaderboards.
  • The Snap Center – All the functionality of the Xbox 360’s Guide is coming to the One. Friends, parties, messages, and achievements all in one easily accessible location.
  • Threaded Messages – This is a feature that took a surprisingly long time to develop for the Xbox platform, but you’ll now be able to see your history of dialogue between yourself and other gamers.
  • USB/DLNA Media Player – All of your personal music/video content will be available to you through external USB hard drives. Also support DLNA playback.

    Supported file types: (3gp audio, 3gp video, 3gp2, aac, adts, animated gif, asf, avi divx, avi, dv avi, uncompressed avi, xvid, bmp, jpg, gif, h264, avchd, mjpeg, mkv, mov, mp3, mpeg 1 ps, mpeg 2, mpeg 2 hd, mpeg 2 ts, mpeg 4 h264 aac, mpeg 4 sp, png, tiff, wav, wma, wma lossless, wma pro, wma voice, wmv, wmv hd)

  • Stream TV straight to smartglass devices
  • Boot to TV – Consoles will be given the option to display TV right as the consoles is turned on from standby mode.
  • Mini guide – Currently the One Guide takes up nearly the entire screen, but the new mini guide will display show information and give users the ability to change channels without interrupting what is currently playing.

 

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Xbox One August update revamps social gaming among other improvements

Mobile purchasing, 3D blu-ray support, battery notifications, and a modified home-page would be terrific additions to the Xbox One alone, but the upcoming August update’s plans to revamp the activity feed will be a vast upgrade to users’ daily interactions with the console.

Friends’ game clips and achievements will now be incorporating a like button, comment section, share buttons, and all of it will be accessed through a much improved quick-view layout of the activity feed. You will also be able to view your friends list, the leaderboards, and your friends’ game activity from the home screen. The new changes will help Xbox’s activity feed garner a greater purpose and the fluidity of navigating the console’s social aspects will be improved overall.

Since the Xbox One was released many gamers have registered their complaints regarding the lack of a quick-access menu like the Xbox 360’s home guide. While the console’s upgraded interface doesn’t quite replace the functionality of the former home guide, it will certainly ease gamers’ grievances with the slower navigation.

Full list of changes in the August Update:

  • Activity feed changes: (Like button, share buttons, comment section, and a streamlined layout. Also accessible through smartglass.)
  • Friends tab on home screen: (View friends, game-activity, and leaderboards)
  • Mobile Purchases (Purchase games and add-ons through either a smartglass device or straight from Xbox.com)
  • Notification changes: (Customize when notifications appear and don’t appear. New notification to alert players’ of low controller battery.)
  • 3D Blu-ray support
  • TV listings/One Guide support for 4 new countries: (Brazil, Mexico, Austria and Ireland)

Check out Majornelson’s blog for more details.


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